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What are my Duties as Agent on a Power of Attorney?

Your mom has appointed you as her agent on her power of attorney. Now what? All powers of attorney signed on or after September 12, 2010, must be signed by the agent (you), acknowledging your appointment in order for you to act. The power of attorney document informs the agent (you) of your legal responsibilities:…

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Social Security Retirement Planning If You Are Divorced

If you are divorced, you are entitled to receive benefits on your ex-spouse’s record (even if he or she has remarried) if: 1. Your ex-spouse is entitled to Social Security benefits. If your ex-spouse worked for ten years or more, then he or she is eligible to receive retirement benefits as early as age 62.…

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Protecting your Home from the Catastrophic Cost of Long Term Care

The average cost of a nursing home stay in the Central New York region is over $100,000 per year.  Many people want to make sure their home is protected if they ever need to be placed in a nursing home. The home is protected if there is a surviving spouse or a disabled child living…

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Is your family taking advantage of the New York State Nursing Home Assessment Credit?

New York Public Health Law §2807-d(2)(b) imposes an assessment on New York residential health care facilities of six percent (6%) of the receipts of the residential health care facility. In most cases, the nursing homes pass on this assessment to the residents. This assessment is shown as a separate line item on the nursing home…

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Top Ten Reasons to have a Will

While none of us like to contemplate our mortality, it is vital to plan for what happens to your assets when you pass away.  Not only does a will allow you to distribute your assets according to your wishes, it can legally protect your family and save your family time and money. Here are the…

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Top Ten Misconceptions Regarding Planning for the Payment of Long Term Care-Part 2

Part two of this article discusses the last five of 10 common misconceptions relating to planning for the payment of long term care. Misconception #6. The best way to protect my home in the event of a long term stay in a nursing home is to transfer the house to my children, and retain life…

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Top Ten Misconceptions Regarding Planning for the Payment of Long Term Care-Part 1

The following are the first five of 10 common misconceptions relating to planning for the payment of long term care. Misconception #1: Medicare or other health insurance will cover the cost of long term care, either at home or in a nursing home. Traditional health insurance does not cover the cost of care in a…

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